There’s a type of angler, the shore angler that enjoys casting their bait in piers. Their motivation is that they are aiming to cast into less deep waters. However, without the right tips, the right spinning rod, and the right pier fishing rigs, their ambitions could easily become unfulfilled.
Firstly, there are two main types of piers, one is made from concrete and is the most solid type of pier. The other type is the open lattice. Here, piles are driven into the sea bed.
With the open lattice pier, the tide can flow through it without any type of obstruction. On the other hand, with the solid type of pier that is made from concrete, the tide is blocked. This obviously creates two very different types of scenarios each with its own challenges and opportunities.
How the fish sees it
The fish has a very different and unique perspective of the two different types of piers. For them, this is a small reef which means plenty of food and lots of spaces to hide. For the fisherman, this is a perfect place to cast his bait. Keep in mind that you may need fishing pliers for releasing some fish that are not on your menu.
Rigs and techniques for pier fishing
When you tackle, just make sure that you do not go light. You may have to maneuver a very strong fighting fish away from the poles.
Getting a monoline is the best choice as the line can stretch and absorb the impact from the struggling fish. Also going between 20 and 30 pounds isn’t at all excessive.
The reels need to also be robust to handle the weight. The rod on the other hand should be designed for this type of fishing by being long enough. It should be enough to reel against the rail of the pier to allow the fisherman to detect when a fish takes the bait.
Ensure you have the best fishing tackle box.
Second, since the fish will be trying to get deeper into the structure, the rod should be long enough to pull him out of it so that you can then reel him in. Of course, you can never leave the rod unattended for too long as it can slide off.
Is there a need to cast?
Whether you are on the solid type of pier or the more open lattice pier, there is often the question of whether or not to cast your bait. However, since fish are attracted to structures, there there is a high chance that there are fish right below you and you will really not need to cast your bait.
You can however be savvy by keeping a few pier fishing tips in mind.
First, if you are fishing from the open lattice pier, there will be gullies created at the foot of the piles. These will join up and result in a gully right along the sides of the pier. These gullies will pick up plenty of food particles which are then eaten by the crabs, shrimp, small baitfish, pouting, and sand eels all of which attract fish such as bass, conge, flatfish, and or coding to mention a few.
A fishing hat will keep your head out of the sun and you sit on your fishing chair and wait for a fish to catch the bait
When it comes to the solid type of tier, the tide is blocked. This causes it to move along the wall in a powerful motion. This in turn causes a lot of turbulence at the bottom of the wall. The water thus creates a gulley along its length. Again, food particles collect here which in turn attracts fish.
Best pier fishing rigs
It doesn’t matter the type of bait you use. Just make sure that you deliver it to the bottom of the gully where the fish are. Often the best pier fishing rig for the job is one that has been modified. You should be able to attach the weight to the bottom. This distance needs to be between 3 feet and 6 feet. Ensure that the mainline is lighter than the weight.
Many anglers will prefer a standard breach casting tackle, a rod that is between 12 feet and 13 feet, and a shock leader depending on the number of people that will be near and around you. You may also need a monoline that is between 12 pounds and 15 pounds. A fixed spool is also preferable.
Don’t forget to wear a good pair of fishing shoes to provide you with a grip on the pier.
Always ensure that the shock leader’s breaking strain is at 10 times the lead weight. The shock leader also needs to belong. This allows for you to already have made a few turns when lifting the fish vertically up.
Some other pier fishing tips
There are two main pier fishing tips to help you understand the feeding patterns of fish. First is the stage at which the tide is at. The best type of fishing is the two hours leading to high water and the two hours that follow high water. This is especially the case during a spring tide.
However, fishing is not best during high water itself.
The other factor that affects the feeding pattern of fish is the time of day for fishing. The light conditions are what the fishes use to take their cue. However, during lowlight, fish have let their guard down making fishing easy during dawn and dusk.
So how do you bring all this information together? Simply choose a day when there is high water during dawn and dusk.
Understanding the tide
An invaluable tool to have for any angler and that includes both shore and boat anglers is a tide table. Assume you plan on doing pier fishing next month. You will need to begin by marking the days when there will be high water at dawn or dusk in your chosen location.
The next thing that you are going to need to do is to find out the spring tide period. This is where there is an alignment of the moon the sun and the earth. Most of the time the spring tides will occur one or two days after there has been a full moon so watch out for this.
Make sure you bring a good quality fishing cooler.
Choosing the side of the pier that is best for fishing
One of the reasons why many anglers will prefer to fish on the downside side of the pier is because it holds the terminal tackle which lowers the chances of it being swept under the pier.
Granted this is highly convenient for the fisherman but the question becomes, does this side of the pier provide anglers with the best chance of angling a fish?
The simple answer is NO. You should aim for the side of the pier that faces into the tide. This allows the scent that is coming from the bait is going to be pushed into the gulley attracting the fish. Secondly, the sinker will be held firmly at the sea bed.
If say you were fishing on the down tide side of the pier, the sinker is likely to get dislodged after getting under the pier.
You may need to bring your GoPro for fishing to record the whole thing.
There are usually eddies that are formed at the downside tide at a solid pier. As long as this side is not crammed with too many fishermen this is often the best place to lay down your bait.
How to land your catch
Once the fish has taken the bait and you’ve hooked him, the next thing is to pull him up. One of the ways that you can do this is by making use of a drop net. If, however, you do not have one, you will need to pull him up and over the rail of the pier.
If you are after bass, you will need to use a good lure for bass.
The other alternative is to use a heavy mono more real. It should be long such that it reaches from the sea’s surface while still having a few turns in the reel. It should have a stretchy nonfilament line. That said, you are far safer while using a drop net.
Attracting the fish to take your bait
One of the most important skills to have is knowing how to attract the fish to the bait. This is called chumming or ground baiting.
You will need to start with a mesh bag and have a chord that is long enough to allow the mesh bag to reach the sea bed as you tie the other end to the rail of the pier. You will also need a weight to keep the bag containing chums to the sea bed.
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The function of the chum mesh is that it creates a scent trail of oily fish food back to the mesh bag. Of course, your baited hook from the pier fishing rig should be close to this chum bag.
As for the composition of the chum, it is best to use mashed oily fish, as well as fish head and fish guts that you source from earlier catches.
Also, make sure that the holes in the bag are not so big that they let the chums wash out.
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Fishing from the pier brings its own set of challenges and the savvy angler needs to have a few pier fishing tips up his sleeve to increase the chances of landing some tasty fish. Among the things to watch out for are the time of day and the position of the tide as well as choosing the best side of the pier.